SAPC graduates share plans
Laurinburg, N.C. – As the platform party left the stage and the bagpipe music faded, the 120 new graduates of St. Andrews Presbyterian College began their lives after college.
While economic concerns are still present, close to half of the St. Andrews graduates have already shared post graduation plans with the College.
Several students will be continuing their education in graduate schools including David Carbonell at Belmont University School of Pharmacy in Nashville, Tenn.; Rebecca Brandenburg at Massey University Veterinarian School in Palmerston North, New Zealand; Emily Brown at Ross University; Megan Radigan at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy; and Taylor Nagle at the University of Bristol King’s College University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.
“St. Andrews has allowed me to grow academically and socially in a positive, close knit environment,” said Nagle. “I’m glad I chose to study here.”
Allison Faulhaber, who will be in the Masters of English program at Appalachian State University, agrees. “St. Andrews is not just a school but a community and launching ground for new ideas and extraordinary opportunities. Through my experiences here, including traveling to Italy, competing in multiple sports, and taking part in Student Government, I’ve gained unforgettable friends and memories as well as a liberal arts education.”
Ashley Disque will be completing her 3-2 Engineering Program at the School of Engineering at North Carolina State University. She credits much of her success academically and in last summer’s NASA internship to her work with Dr. Allen Dotson and Dr. Joe Harris.
“The great thing about St. Andrews is that anyone can build his or her class schedule,” Disque said. “Once a student declares their major, even if it is a one-on-one class with the professor, the college will make sure the class is available in the student’s best interest. Professor Dotson and Professor Harris provided extra time to be sure that I had the knowledge in the specialty subjects needed to make this program work for me.”
Kelsey Moody will be combining graduate studies with the real world as she plans to attend Brenau University’s graduate program for occupational therapy while working with Children’s Special Services for occupational therapy in Atlanta, Ga. Marisa Hughes, who earned a degree in biology with a specialization in equine science will be working as a veterinary assistant at Crofton Veterinary Center in Maryland as a way to gain some additional experience to prepare for a graduate program.
“I need to do the small animal stuff as well as the horses to get into the veterinary school of my choice so this is a great job for me,” Hughes said.
Several graduates are moving directly into the work world with jobs cultivated through past experience. Robert Lawson will be working as a financial analyst with TD Bank in Boston, Mass., after having completed a summer internship previously. Doug Holt will be joining McCormick-Taylor Engineers and Planners in Mount Laurel, N.J., after taking a trip to Vietnam with St. Andrews Instructor of Politics Howard Reichner.
Continuing a long tradition of job search success, students in the Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Business and Sport and Recreation Studies majors have found jobs in their specialties.
Kathryn Sorgenfrei will be joining December graduate Laura Dyer at Heads Up! Therapeutic Riding Center in Pittsboro. Heads up! is a NARHA premier accredited center where the new employees will be working to expand the program. Elizabeth Dulski will be taking her teaching skills to Camp Seafarer in Arapahoe.
Fiona Lindsay Delfino will be the Director of Horses Helping People (HOPE) in Archer, Fla.
“I am so excited,” said Lindsay Delfino. “I found this job doing research for my equine business management project. I called them up and it has turned out to be a perfect fit. It is 20 minutes from my Dad’s house and as I turned in the driveway I just had a great feeling about the facility and after I met everyone I felt even better about it.”
Equine Business major Audrey Bolte is the Equestrian Director with Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard while her friend and fellow Equine Business major Audrey Hayden will be working for EMO Equine Insurance Agency in Warrenton, Va. Amanda Ligouri has taken a position as barn manager at Stepping Stone farm in Andover, N.J.
“It is fairly close to my home and is exactly what I was looking for out of college,” said Ligouri. “I can't believe that four years have gone by so fast, but they will never be forgotten, that's for sure."
Jesse Elliot has accepted a job as Marketing Assistant for Atlantic Seaboard Corporation in Wilmington while Kate Hollingsworth will be in the Executive Trainee program for Stage Stores in South Hill, Va. Philip Ratchford, who graduated with a degree in Sport and Recreation Studies, has been hired in the Sports Information office at St. Andrews.
“I am very excited to start working at St. Andrews,” Ratchford said. “It will be a privilege to work with the employees of the college that I have gotten to know over the past four years. The St. Andrews Athletic Department has been a big part of my college experience and I am ready to be part of the team.”
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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